Warren's winner could be a collector's item

Burton Albion 1-2 MK Dons

Sunday, 21st March 2021, 3:06 am
Warren O'Hora

There is a first time for everything and for Warren O'Hora on Saturday, it was scoring the winning goal.

The Dons defender headed home on 61 minutes to give Dons a 2-0 lead at the Pirelli Stadium against in-form Burton Albion, following Scott Fraser's first-half penalty against his former club. Although Lucas Akins netted a penalty 15 minutes from time to draw one back for the Brewers, Dons held on to claim their third win in a row while ending Burton's seven-match unbeaten run.

O'Hora only scored his first career goal five games ago when he converted from close range at Gillingham earlier this month, but he felt he could not celebrate it after giving away a penalty earlier in the game at Priestfield. But his header against Burton would turn out to be the difference-maker.

"I'd not thought about it like that!" he said. "It's probably the first time in my life I've ever done that! I'm delighted with the three points, that's the most important thing.

"We knew Burton were a team in form, the way they play is a bit different to us, but they're good at it and their manager has them ticking. The way we started, we knew we'd have a chance.

"We were in total control in the first half. In the second half, after the penalty it got a bit anxious but you have to be able to do both sides of the game and we did that. You'll get nervy moments in football, but we're on the bus with three points."

Now with three wins on the spin, Dons are up to 13th in League One, with the play-offs just five points up the way - an unthinkable prospect just a week ago when Dons had not won in their last five.

O'Hora said: "(Winning games) is what we all wanted to do. We had that sticky patch and bounced back against Accrington. The last three have been tight games, but three wins is perfect for us. We can start looking up the table again and enjoying ourselves."